Microsoft’s Charity Offerings

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In many ways, the operations of non-profit organisations differ but the main goal is usually the same. Your goals are less focused on making stakeholders more money, and more on helping your community. 

With all the challenging work it takes to manage a non-profit, sometimes you will need to make some strategic decisions. That can include budget and resource restrictions, which will impact what choices you make for your organisation. 

Recognising this situation, some software vendors have begun to produce packages that are specifically for non-profits. These programs offer similar functionality with prices that are discounted.  

Microsoft has always been at the forefront of contemporary trends, which is why they are offering more efficient software options for you to use in your business. Understanding the business’s available Microsoft Cloud resources for non-profits should be your first step in ensuring a balance between fiscal responsibility and operational efficiency. 

The Non-Profit Cost Savings of Office 365

You might have heard about Office 365, which is Microsoft’s most significant line of software. Depending on the package you choose, you can take advantage of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Advanced version adds cloud storage, video conferencing, and even an internal corporate social network. 

The best part is that as a non-profit, you can get a basic version of Office 365 without having to create a profit-seeking organisation. This plan is perfect for up to 300 users. They will be able to work on all kinds of documents and have access to company data via a secure cloud server. You can also get a variety of other Office 365 products with different capabilities: 

 

  • Office 365 Non-profit Business Premium. For $2.00 per user and month, organisations can access such productivity tools as online versions or be able to access it on their mobile device. 
  • Office 365 Non-profit E1. Unlimited for free plan, this differs from the basic variation by incorporating a corporate video portal and a meeting broadcast service for up to 10 000 participants to your group of products. 
  • Office 365 Non-profit E3. This plan builds on the Business Premium Plan, adding unlimited users, a video portal & meeting platform, along with compliance software, information protection services and even business intelligence software. The cost, as a result, rises to $4.50 per user and month. 
  • Office 365 Non-profit E5. Microsoft’s newest premium suite for non-profit organizations is the E5. It comes with all sorts of benefits that will help your small charity put followers first. For $10 per user/month, they can get the full power of Office 365. That means, in addition to the above, predictive coding and text analytics along with advanced data security, a variety of analytics tool, and even cloud-based call management software. 

 

Which of these options is right for your organisation depends entirely on what you are looking for. But overall, each plan is a great way to save money. They tend to range from $8.00 per user/month all the way up to $35.00 per month for their for-profit pricing plans, including their E5 counterpart. 

Understanding the Value of Azure for Your Non-Profit

Microsoft’s Azure suite is a one-stop solution for all your cloud computing needs. From storage, to analytics, and even AI services, it has an impressive set of capabilities that can help you grow your business. For instance, you can set up virtual machines, collect real-time mobile analytics, and manage data by using SQL data warehouses. 

Many non-profits are hesitant to make the transition to enterprise software because it can be expensive. Fortunately, Microsoft carries through its commitment to non-profits by offering significant discounts for this type of business model. 

In fact, every non-profit acquiring Azure services through Microsoft’s philanthropy program receives credits each year to use toward the entire portfolio of platforms and services. According to Azure’s website, potential services include (but are not limited to): 

  • Web and mobile apps 
  • Big data and analytics 
  • Predictive maintenance and monitoring 
  • Cognitive services such as real-time language translation 
  • Microservice applications 
  • Storage 
  • Digital media hosting 
  • Hybrid on-premise and cloud integration 
  • Development and testing solutions 
  • Disaster recovery 
  • Blockchain opportunities 
  • Operations management capabilities 

Depending on the services you use through Azure, those credits can help to significantly ease your available operations budget, or even cover the entire bill. As a result, you can significantly improve the efficiency and success of your operations by integrating forward-facing cloud solutions into your existing IT infrastructure. 

Building Better Customer Service Through Microsoft Dynamics

As your non-profit grows, you might find yourself in need of a central location for storing donor and customer data. Microsoft Dynamics is one of the most popular CRM platforms available. It offers a comprehensive solution to help you get a better customer experience. 

A good CRM system integrates data about your donors and customers inside and outside the company, which helps you promote and sell to them with better success. Effective in-system email messaging and automation opportunities also help to improve communication and build relationships with future and existing stakeholders. Dynamics CRM has a lot of potentials and it is there to help you get better results. 

Of course, as is the case with Azure, the price may become an issue. As much as you want to be able to improve your customer relations, that price can make it seem impossible. But once again, qualifying organisations can take advantage of significant discounts. 

In fact, qualifying organisations will receive full use of the same Enterprise Solution above at a 90 percent discount compared to the regular plan. As a result, your non-profit can take advantage of a comprehensive customer relationship management suite for a price that can fit even in smaller budgets. 

How Microsoft Seeks to Help Non-Profits Thrive

Finally, Microsoft partners with non-profits on a variety of other software solutions, as well. For instance, qualifying organisations can get Windows 10 Pro for a significant discount.

In short, Microsoft has made a conscious effort to help non-profits like yours improve their operations and thrive in a competitive environment. Recognising the value of organisations dedicated to their community and the social good, the technology giant offers significant benefits, discounts, and donations for almost all its software solutions.

Some case studies demonstrate just how beneficial these benefits can be. Organisations such as Nobel Media to Habitat for Humanity have shown Microsoft’s products can significantly improve operations and lead to better productivity for both workers and members of the business.

Microsoft Nonprofit is a promising choice, especially to make sure your software eligibility requirements are met. Guidance on implementing the software and understanding volume discounts are useful when launching your new business.

Our Frequency Asked Questions page seeks to answer some questions you may have. You can also talk to IT experts who have extensive experience in helping organisations get the most out of their existing software and implement new solutions.

That’s where we come in. Our commitment is similar to Microsoft in helping non-profits thrive, and we would love to work with you on your Microsoft Cloud service implementation. To learn more about us, and for answers to any questions, you might have about the above resources and solutions, contact us.

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